The Lamanite king (Laman) appoints Amulon teacher--The Lamanites wax great--Amulon persecutes the people of Alma--God
helps Alma's people escape by making the Lamanites sleepy--After 12 days, Alma and his people reach Zarahelma.
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Amulon persecutes the people of Alma
1And it came to pass that
Amulon did gain favor in the eyes of the king of the
Lamanites; therefore, the king of the Lamanites granted unto him and his brethren that they should be appointed teachers
over his people, yea, even over the people who were in the land of Shemlon, and in the land of Shilom, and in the land of
2 For the Lamanites had taken possession of all these lands; therefore, the king of the Lamanites had
appointed kings over all these lands.
3 And now the name of the king of the Lamanites was Laman, being called after the name of his father; and
therefore he was called king Laman. And he was king over a numerous people.
4 And he appointed teachers of the brethren of Amulon in every land which was possessed by his people;
and thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamanites.
5 And they were a people friendly one with another; nevertheless they knew not God; neither did the
brethren of Amulon teach them anything concerning the Lord their God, neither the law of Moses; nor did they teach
them the words of Abinadi;
6 But they taught them that they should keep their record, and that they might write one to another.
Laman, the King of the Lamanites, appointed Amulon and his brethren to be teachers over his people,
in the land of Shemlon, Shilom and Amulon.
7 And thus the Lamanites began to increase in riches, and began to trade one with another and wax great,
and began to be a cunning and a wise people, as to the wisdom of the world,
yea, a very cunning people, delighting in
all manner of wickedness and plunder, except it were among their own brethren.
The Lamanites became rich by doing all kinds of wicked things to everyone except for their own people.
8And now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma and his brethren, and began
to persecute him, and cause that his children should persecute their children.
9 For Amulon knew Alma, that he had been one of the king's priests, and that it was he that believed the
words of Abinadi and was driven out before the king, and therefore he was wroth with him; for he was subject to king
Laman, yet he exercised authority over them, and put tasks upon them, and put task-masters over them.
Amulon began to persecute Alma and his people.
10And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to
cry mightily to God.
So Alma and his people cried out to God.
11 And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he put guards over them to watch
them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death.
Amulon heard their cries to God and commanded them to stop praying, setting guards to watch them,
and commanding the guards to kill anyone who prayed to God.
12 And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their
hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.
So they stipped crying (out loud) and began to pray silently.
The people of Alma escape to the land of Zarahemla
13And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their
afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me;
and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon
your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that
ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light;
yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and
with patience to all the will of the Lord.
The voice of the Lord came to them, saying,
16And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that
the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for
on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.
17 And he said unto Alma: Thou shalt go before this people, and I will go with thee and deliver this
people out of bondage.
18Now it came to pass that Alma and his people in the night-time gathered their flocks together, and also
of their grain; yea, even all the night-time were they gathering the flocks together.
Tomorrow I'll set you free.
19 And in the morning the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites, yea, and all their
task-masters were in a profound sleep.
That night, God made the Lamanites go to sleep,
20And Alma and his people departed into the wilderness; and when they had traveled all day they pitched
their tents in a valley, and they called the valley Alma, because he led their way in the wilderness.
while Alma and his people escaped into the wilderness.
After traveling all day, they camped in a valley that they called the valley of Alma.
21 Yea, and in the valley of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto
them, and eased their burdens, and had delivered them out of bondage; for they were in bondage, and none could deliver
them except it were the Lord their God.
22 And they gave thanks to God, yea, all their men and all their women and all their children that could
speak lifted their voices in the praises of their God.
While everyone was thanking God,
God appeared to them and said,
23 And now the Lord said unto Alma: Haste thee and get thou
and this people out of this land, for the Lamanites have awakened and do pursue thee;
therefore get thee out of this land, and I will stop the Lamanites in this
valley that they come no further in pursuit of this people.
24And it came to pass that they departed out of the valley, and took their
journey into the wilderness.
Hurry up! The Lamanites are coming.
But don't worry. I'll stop them in this valley.
25 And after they had been in the wilderness twelve days they arrived in the land of Zarahemla; and
king Mosiah did also receive them with joy.
So they left the valley of Alma, and after twelve days in the wilderness, they arrived in the land of Zarahelma, where King Mosiah received them with joy.